After that long kiss Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey planted on wife Camila Alves' lips last night at the 2014 Oscars, how did that lip color stay put?
Get the deets on the lipstick shade used and the rest of Camila's Oscars red carpet makeup.
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While researching foods that are beneficial for the skin, I saw a couple of Internet articles warning readers against using raw eggs in beauty recipes. The reasoning makes sense--salmonella.
I wrote to one of my friends about this and told her, "Frankly I'd rather eat the (food) ingredients than put them on my face," and she wrote back, since your skin absorbs anything that you put on it, you wouldn't want to use beauty products that you wouldn't eat. It's interesting. That same day I had read the advice a skin care professional once received: "Don't put anything on your face that you wouldn't eat." It's a nice quote, but I wouldn't put a double chocolate chip cookie on my face.
OK, maybe that's a bad example, considering the fact that I really should stop eating those cookies. But you get the point--as my friend said, anything you put on your face can be absorbed into the skin. There's some debate about that, but it brings me back to the issue of getting salmonella poisoning. I'd be more afraid of eating an over-easy egg at a restaurant than I would in mixing a raw egg with other ingredients and then putting it on my face. (I was on a five-hour flight from California after eating said over-easy egg and it wasn't pretty.)
I have used raw eggs in beauty recipes a couple of times, but the reason I stopped was because I now only purchase organic eggs and they are way too expensive to waste on my face when there are other ingredients that provide the same skin care results. But when it comes to homemade beauty, use your common sense. Here's how:
Then, after reading that, this new article includes some recipes to use on fine lines and wrinkles:
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Actress Archie Panjabi, who plays an investigator on The Good Wife, appeared on The Queen Latifah Show today. She presented Queen Latifah with a jar containing her mother's homemade facial recipe.
Panjabi explained that the facial mask is made from chickpea flour, turmeric and yogurt and is used before weddings in India to give the bride a radiant glow.
On the Queen Latifah Show blog it was also explained that turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial properties (useful for preventing acne) and also exfoliates the skin, helping to reduce facial lines and wrinkles.
Chickpea flour (also known as besan, gram or garbanzo flour) is a natural cleanser and exfoliates while tightening the skin.
Yogurt binds together the ingredients, but also has healing properties and is cooling and soothing.
Panjabi didn't give the exact amount of the ingredients to use, but I have this recipe:
- 2 teaspoons of chickpea flour
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 3-4 teaspoons of yogurt
Mix the ingredients together into a paste and apply to the face. Leave on for about 20 minutes or until the skin begins to tighten, and then rinse. This mask is especially beneficial to oily skin. If you have dry skin, you can substitute the yogurt with honey.
Actress Archie Panjabi with talk show host Queen Latifah/Photo: © Sony Pictures Television Inc.
At the start of February, which is Black History Month, one of my friends said something to the effect that she didn't celebrate BHM because she recognizes and celebrates black history and achievement all year long. I agree with that to an extent, but let's face it, if it wasn't for BHM, a lot of African American accomplishments wouldn't be known or recognized. Very little African American history was taught when I was in elementary school. I believe only Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver were in the textbooks--and trust me, it was all sugarcoated. During high school and college, there were black studies classes-- but separate from American history. It is a shame that it's necessary to have a Black History Month, a Native American Heritage Month and so on, but in my opinion anything that helps black children and the rest of the country learn about our history and the entire American history (warts and all), is fine with me.
I actually enjoy Black History Month. I often learn new information. Doing research for a new article called 8 Black Beauty History Facts You Probably Didn't Know was fun and inspiring. Hope you enjoy reading it. And if you have any interesting black beauty history facts to share, please do.
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If you're looking for easy-to-do nail designs for Valentine's Day tomorrow, here are a couple of ideas courtesy of Katie Saxton, president of Custom Nail Solutions.
This matte French-tip mani is perfect for an elegant Valentine's Day dinner:
What you'll need:
- Matte polish
- Polish in a pink, red, or purple shade.
- Paint your nails with the colored polish and let dry.
- Add a coat of the matte polish.
- Once dry, add a swipe of clear glossy topcoat to each tip.
(My tip: e.l.f. has an inexpensive matte polish - Essential Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish for $2).
This second mani design features heart silhouettes connected by little line "vines":
What you'll need:
- Light pink or lavender polish
- Black polish
- A toothpick
- Paint all of the nails light pink or lavender and let dry.
- Using a toothpick, dip into black nail polish and draw little swooping line "vines" with little hearts on the ends.
(My tip: It might be easier to use a black nail art pen instead of the nail polish and toothpick, at least to make the hearts).
For more nail art designs, read Valentine's Day Nail Designs.
Photos: Designs done by Diane Moran Graham on her Custom Nail Solutions custom-fit nails.
If you love chocolate, here's a treat that is great to use (or get) for Valentine's Day. Chocoholicks contains four chocolate-flavored lip-glosses packaged to resemble a chocolate bar. The lip glosses are not only chocolate-flavored, like dark chocolate, they're also good for you--with hydrating ingredients and cocoa and fruit extracts for taste and aromatherapeutic benefits.
Find out more about Chocoholicks and more beauty products to help you get noticed.
Photos: Jane Iredale
Beauty Tip for February: If you're looking for fragrance deals, now is the time. While Valentine's Day has become yet another holiday to get consumers to spend money, it's also the time to stock up on some favorite scents.
Lovestruck by Vera Wang is a romantic fragrance that was introduced in 2011, and has notes of tuberose and lotus blossoms, along with juicy guavas, Angelica flowers, woods and warm musk. In time for Valentine's Day, Lovestruck is available in a four-piece gift set.
Lately I've been finding that a lot of the eau de parfum sprays are too potent for me (it might be because many are synthetic), but this perfume, along with the body lotion and shower gel is not overpowering.
The Lovestruck by Vera Wang Gift Set includes:
- 3.4 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- 3.4 fl oz Velvety Body Lotion
- 2.5 fl oz Silky Shower Gel
- .33 fl oz Eau de Toilette Roller Ball
The Lovestruck by Vera Wang Gift Set is $49.19 at FragranceNet.com. There is an instant coupon for 20% off.
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You can find some of my top beauty tips for February all in one place--from the best perfumes for Valentine's Day (now is the perfect time to stock up on fragrance gift sets and other Valentine's Day beauty specials) to keeping your skin looking great and hydrated in cold winter climates.
Read my Top Beauty Tips for February for more information.
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If you are still looking for nail designs for the big Super Bowl game tomorrow, here are four from celebrity nail artist Pattie Yankee using nail polish shades from her Patricia Nail Lacquer line ($9 at www.rickysnyc.com).
1. Seahawk Striped Nail: Realm (deep midnight blue) was used as the background and Reign (greyed blue) on each side. Life (lime green) was used for the middle thick stripe and Divinity (metallic silver frost) stripes to separate.
2. Multi-Striped Nail: This design is great for those who don't know which team to root for! Start with a white nail then stripe Vs down the middle depicting the team colors with Divinity, Realm, Purify, Life and Reign.
3. Football Nail: Realm was used at the top to create the football shape with Divinity as the football and a white XLVIII at the bottom for Super Bowl 48.
4. Broncos Nail: The nail was painted with Realm on one side and Divinity on the other. Purify was used to make a fiery-looking design in the center.
Photos: Patricia Nail Lacquer
If you need a nail design for the Super Bowl festivities tomorrow, here's one from Sally Hansen's Nail Ambassador Tracylee using Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art Striper Brush from the I Heart Nail Heart Tool Kit, I Heart Nail Striper in White and Xtreme Wear Polish in Pacific Blue, Sun Kissed and Green with Envy.
Orange and blue for the Denver Broncos:
Green and blue for the Seattle Seahawks:
To learn how to do this design and others, see:
Photos: © Gerrie Summers/Single nail shots: Courtesy of Sally Hansen